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Dream analysis: Decoding the hidden messages behind our dreams

The famous psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud mentioned dreams as "The Royal Road to the Unconscious"

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Analysis of dreams. Pixabay

“A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul.” -Erich Fromm

 

New Delhi, September 7, 2017: The phenomenon of dreaming is indeed mysterious, and that’s where lies its appeal. The why’s and how’s related to this phenomenon sound fascinating, but are extremely difficult to answer. Honestly, we haven’t yet discovered the function of dreaming, and not even affirmed or negated the preposition, that there is one. Some believe that dreaming is simply an epiphenomenon or a mental activity that takes place when one is asleep. However, there’s a different set of people who are inclined towards the idea of dreams holding a bigger purpose, a profound one.

What exactly are dreams?
Dreams, simply stated, are the images or stories that our mind creates while sleeping. Technically, they are a result of neural activity in the brain. But apparently, this is the most basic description of the most mysterious of mysteries, dreams.

The famous psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud mentioned dreams as “The Royal Road to the Unconscious”. Freud in his very popular book, The interpretation of dreams, put dreams into three categories: 1) Direct prophesies 2) Foretelling of a future event 3) Symbolic dreams. He argued that dreams are nothing but the action of unconscious, the expression of hidden desires, the wishes that we are looking to fulfill in our waking lives.

The proposed link between our dreams and our emotions or subconscious mind has been highlighted in numerous theories, therefore, highlighting the importance and need of decoding these symbolizations or dream analysis. Here we have compiled a list of some important symbols, visions, dreams that might have a hidden meaning and therefore, should not be ignored!

BEING CHASED: The level of anxiety that one experiences in this dream is so vivid, it lets most people remember the dream when they wake up, making it one of the most commonly reported dreams. It reflects you’re scared of something or someone, and you’re running away from that something/someone in your conscious state. Exploring what is it that you’re running away from will give way to overcoming those fears that you subconsciously hold.

Dream analysis
Being chased in dreams. Pixabay

ANIMALS: Our innate impulses or instincts show up in our dreams disguised as animals. They symbolize the aspects of one’s personality that the society shrugs off, calling them ‘uncivilized’. Different animals suggest different things, and there comes the need to identify the specific animal in your dream for a refined dream analysis.

Dream analysis of dreams involving animals
Animals in dreams. Pixabay

DEATH: Death in dreams is not so negative, as it is perceived. Death may represent the end of a phase in your life, opening gates for another fresh one. Basically, Something new is about to start!

Dream analysis of dreams about death
Dreaming of death. Pixabay

FLYING: Flying is often associated with freedom, or getting rid of the things that weigh you down. Flying, sometimes, also represent our ambitions and our desire to fulfill them.

Dream analysis of dreams in which one flies
Flying in dreams. Pixabay

FALLING: Falling uncontrollably symbolizes your anxiety to deal with the circumstances/ situations in your waking life. Falling from heights may symbolize the fear of failure after success. However, falling slowly may represent serenity, peacefulness, and the act of letting go.

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Dream analysis of falling in dreams
Falling in dreams. Pixabay

TEETH: Teeth are one of the most common dream symbols. Losing your teeth in a dream may mark fear of communication, or fear of appearing unattractive to others. Pulling your teeth may show that something within you needs to come out.

Dream analysis of falling teeth
Dreaming of falling teeth. Pixabay

FOOD: Food is believed to symbolize knowledge, since knowledge nourishes our intellect, like food nourishes our body. Precisely, it represents Hunger for new information or ideas.

Dream analysis of food in dreams
Dreaming of food. Pixabay

NUDITY: Nudity in dreams portray emotional or psychological vulnerability. Exposing body parts may signify the urge for recognition. The part of body that is being exposed can give more insight into what is that your mind wants you to understand.

Dream analysis of Nudity in dreams
Dreams of Nudity. Pixabay

WATER: Generally water tends to represent the unconscious, a huge part that constitutes us, but that we don’t know about. Water in dreams can have both positive and negative meaning. The quality, quantity, depth of water are the characteristics that help us decode the hidden message.

Dream analysis of water in dreams
Water in dreams. Pixabay

HOUSE: A house represents a structure of the dreamer’s mind, their inner psyche. Different floors and different rooms may symbolize different aspects of a dreamer’s personality. The basement usually represents neglected thoughts, whereas the bedroom may depict more intimate thoughts, those that concern the dreamer’s deepest emotions.

House in dream and its Dream analysis
Dreams involving house. Pixabay

Dreams, so it seems, always attempt to communicate with the dreamer, but in a language that is different from those used in the state of consciousness.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Five things that make Gurgaon so Special

Many people and families come to the city for a work assignment, but after spending a few years, look for flats for sale in Gurgaon.

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Guragon or Gurugram is a city which is young, awakening and full of opportunities. People come to the city from various parts of the country and identify themselves as Gurgaoities, even though they have been living there for only few years. And then there are those who are born and bought up in the city, which many would agree is a little odd to hear, as most of us have a little or negligible memory of Gurgaon before the year 2000. Many people and families come to the city for a work assignment, but after spending a few years, look for flats for sale in Gurgaon, because they feel attached to its metropolitan demeanour. It doesn’t matter how long you have been associated with this millennium city, but we’ll all agree that city life can be fun, adventurous and unlike any other place in India.  Here are the top 5 things that make Gurgaon so special:

  • Rahagiri

Started in November, 2013 Rahagiri is India’s first citizen initiative of its kind that urges people to go car-free and instead take on sustainable and active transport that promotes good health and greater participation by the city’s residents. This movement caught a lot of media attention and was fully supported by the city’s administration, actively help in organizing this weekly event that takes place every Sunday. Upon the success of Rahgiri in Gurgaon, similar initiatives were replicated in different neighbourhood across Delhi namely Connaught Place, Rohini, Dwarka etc.

  • Galleria Market, DLF-Phase IV

Those who have been living in Gurgaon since 2007 will agree that it was the best place to shop during that time. The residents Gurgaon, irrespective of their address would head to Galleria located at DLF-Phase IV to shop. However, today with emergence of several commercial hubs, trips to the Galleria market may have reduced, but the legacy from old days continues. For starters, it was home to the only authorized Apple resellers in Gurgaon for the longest time. You also get the best rolls at Lazeez foods and recently a number of new restaurants and coffee houses have opened up. The fountain area, which is right in the center, is an excellent place to lounge on a laid back summer evening with friends.  The entire atmosphere of Galleria is extremely youthful and energetic. People living in the nearby neighbourhoods often head to Galleria in lazy outfits for a quick stroll or simply hanging out.

  • Cyber Hub

DLF’s Cyber Hub ranks no. 1 on 54 things to do in Gurgaon list on popular travel website, tripadvisor.  A welcome break from mall culture, cyber hub changed the concept of “night out” in the city. Right next to Cyber City, India’s largest corporate shack, the place is flooded with food joint, multi-cuisine restaurants and upscale store. Since two years of its existence, it has become the favourite place amongst Gurgaonwallahas and neighbouring Delhiwallahas to fine dine & wine. Young professionals often head out for a post work hanging out session for quick drinks and dinner.  It is one of the best places to unwind after work and relax with colleagues or friends. Although, the footfalls are highest during the weekends, on weekdays the place is also bustling with people, with many restaurants and brewery organizing promotional events such as ladies nights etc.

  • Kingdom of Dreams

As described my many, Kingdom of dreams is a get place to visit if you are looking for an evening of entertainment and leisure with friends or family.  Located in the heart of the city, the place attracts many international and local visitors to give a glimpse into India’s culture, heritage, arts, craft and performing arts. If you are in Gurgaon for the first time, visiting Kingdom of Dreams will give you real value of your time and money. There are live Bollywood themed shows and theater and a number of food options, which are most traditional Indian cuisine.

  • Aravalli Bio-diversity Park

Located on Delhi-Gurgaon border, very close to Gurudronacharya Metro station, the Aravalli bio-diversity park is home to running and cycling tracks, amphitheater and wetlands and ponds that attracts thousands of migratory birds every year.  The range has a thick preserve of indigenous fauna and flora. A number from fitness enthusiasts go there during weekends for a run or to cycle. Thanks to the clean and pristine environment, a number of residential projects are expected to come up in the adjoining area of the Aravalli range. A number of flats for sale in Gurgaon are already available, overlooking the bio-diversity park.

To sum up, Gurgaon is new city. Within a short span on two decades, it has metamorphosed into a metropolis, where people from different nationality and regional identity are living in harmony. Located at a close distance from the airport and Delhi, it is becoming the most favoured residential option for many people.

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In search of happiness among failures

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By Tapesh Kumar

There is nothing new in failures. Every now and then somebody fails somewhere. But there is always something new in every after-failure. Some fail and fall to rise never again. Others fail and fall to rise again and yet without an uncertainty to fail again. And obviously, few fail and fall to bounce higher enough to take a leap giant so as not to touch ground again in same life. And here I am, not sure of where I stand.

Each time I fail, I fall so distant from my dream that walking back to it is itself a tiring exercise.

By the time I reach back and recoil, I am hurried to enter the second gate, and the realization and penance start at the time of free fall with rarely anything in hand than to make the fall just not fatal enough for life.

At times I would be scared of light at the end of tunnel, for it feels so accustomed in the dark, cosy and calculated that blindness of bright light pushes me in the middle of traffic and suddenly I feel I don’t have anywhere to go.

Knowing a thing might be a knowledge; statically scattered in books and realizations of millions of lazy sleepy mediators, but practising one is life. Of all the things, the most common in all the deemed successful people- in books, celebrity or among around us commoners- sticking to one thing is common.

Keep on running, and remain assured you will cross the finish line. Keep working on a thing, and a day will come you could work on it mindlessly in sleep and that becomes coveted success for newcomers. Stay in your marriage, and a day would arrive you would stop whining and being unhappy about it and that is what would be tossed around as an example of a successful marriage wished and sighed by anybody else.

Being happy is real but can not be planned ever.

The state of happiness is an idea perceived by others, never realized though, not even by the one who have been perceived so. It’s idiotic to run after being happy, for more than often happiness drives at the other edge of road in reverse. So, proposing that you are happy in the state you are, however gloomy or star studded, is befooling. You feel happy to be yourself – is abusing. In real, you feel happy for what you wanna be… yet to be…

The real trick is to keep it close. Have immediate plans, and there you go, you are ambitious. If you have more retirement plans, than for upcoming weekend, you already have a step in grave. Don’t kill the engine.

Distant dreams are deadly, if today they don’t give anything to work for. You ought to bring them closer, and in workable condition and you are in the race…

The race of keeping yourself happy, not being so, per se.

(Picture Courtesy: hiddeninfailure.blogspot.com)

Tapesh Kumar is a Law student from Delhi University